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MINNEAPOLIS - The contingent of Minnesota Lynx players at this weekend's WNBA All-Star game grew by two on Tuesday.
Point guard Lindsay Whalen and forward Rebekkah Brunson were added to the team as reserves.
"It shows what we have been able to do for the first half of the season, and we all have been able to put together," Whalen said. "I think the last two to three weeks have been really good for us."
Whalen and Brunson join an already crowded flight out east for the July 27 game.
"We will be well represented," Whalen said. "So that's good."
Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus were named All-Star starters on Thursday. In addition, Cheryl Reeve along with assistants Jim Petersen and Shelly Patterson will coach the West squad. Head trainer Chuck Barta will also be in Connecticut for the game.
"It means a lot. You know, it's something all of us kind of worked towards," Augustus said. "We got the little goal sheet, you know, and this is one I can kind of check off my list. I'm very honored to be here, and it has a lot to do with the fans here in Minnesota and around the country."
"It's an honor. Of course, it feels good to be able to go out there with my fellow Lynx," Brunson said. "Were just planning on going out there, having a good time and representing the West and the Lynx as best as we can."
In 2011, the Lynx also had four players named to the All-Star team, but this year is the first time in Lynx history that two players were voted into the starting lineup.
"Fortunately for us, we will have a lot of Lynx represented and our coaching staff and Seimone getting voted in as well," Moore said. "She's just such a great player. I enjoy playing with Seimone so much over the past few years, and I've got to play with her extra with the Olympics and All-Star my rookie year. I can't get enough of Seimone."
The honor is great, but players say exhibition or not, they will continue to represent the Lynx and themselves in the best way possible.
"We're going to enjoy the moment, seeing some of our rivals, some of the other players," Augustus said. "Some of us are close friends so were going to enjoy that, but the West wants to win. Last year, the year before last, we lost in San Antonio. So we definitely gotta win."
Augustus said there is also a bit of pride on the line as Minnesota looks to get back to the WNBA Finals for the third straight season.
"For the Lynx, (we) want to send a message we're there. Let them know the second half of the season is about to crank up and it's getting into the nitty gritty," said Augustus.
Fans can watch the All-Star Game on ABC at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.
"It will be good for Minnesota, of course, to be able to see us all out there on the court at the same time," Brunson said.
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